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Racial Disparities in Special Ed.: How Widespread Is the Problem?

New data show how few districts document disproportionality, even as the Trump administration looks to roll back a rule requiring more aggressive monitoring. (January 24, 2018)


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Johnny Collett’s selection to oversee special education for the U.S. Department of Education was a rare point of agreement between the Trump administration and the disability-advocacy community.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
Some states have been told they’ll need to change the way they assess students with severe cognitive disabilities because of changes under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
Opponents say changes intended to make the complaint process more efficient may end up scuttling some complaints that have merit.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
Advocates worry students with special education needs such as “emotional disturbance” may be stigmatized in light of the intense spotlight on accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s mental health history.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
Schools inside juvenile justice facilities struggle mightily to find and hold onto teachers who have the skills to deliver meaningful education to some of society's most at-risk students.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
Nearly 1.4 million children in public school experience homelessness. Eighteen percent of them have a disability, too.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
New state mandates start next school year aimed at identifying and supporting students with dyslexia. The 2016 law also led to development of training for teachers.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
Despite the implementation of many well-intentioned reforms, special education continues to miss the mark for students with disabilities, write Mark Alter, Marc Gottlieb, and Jay Gottlieb.
February 15, 2018 – Education Week
Misdiagnosing and mistreating the common learning disorder has serious consequences for millions of children, writes one concerned parent.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Fresh data show how few districts document disproportionality, even as the Trump administration looks to roll back a rule requiring more aggressive monitoring.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week

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